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Bill to curb methamphetamine production goes to governor

April 2, 2005

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— A key ingredient for making methamphetamine no longer will be within easy reach of the public under legislation sent Friday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Directed at meth makers, the bill was a compromise worked out by House and Senate negotiators. The Senate approved it 39-0. The House vote was 119-2.

Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said, "She will sign that bill without hesitation."

The law new will be named for Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels, shot and killed Jan. 19 at a home near Virgil where a suspected meth lab was found.

It will require certain cold and allergy tablets containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to be sold only by pharmacies from behind a counter. Customers will have to show identification and sign a log book. It makes it illegal for retailers to sell more than three packages within a week to a person.

The measure is patterned after an Oklahoma law credited in that state with dramatically reducing meth lab seizures.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt said the law will help reduce methamphetamine manufacturing.

"This is one of the great accomplishments of this legislative session," said Schmidt, R-Independence.

Kansas law enforcement agencies reported seizing 583 labs last year, down from 847 in 2001.

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